Thinking about joining us for the 2014 Boldface Conference? To make it easier on those of you struggling to make it through the end of the semester, we’ve extended the registration deadline to Friday, May 9 at midnight. Don’t miss the chance to study fiction, nonfiction or poetry with our fantastic faculty and to work with the 2014 Visiting Writers: Amber Dermont, David MacLean and Franke Varca. Still not sure? Read our Bolface FAQs below. Then visit our registration page to sign up. If you’d like to attend the conference but can’t afford it right now, we have a limited number of scholarships available: contact conference administrator Elizabeth Winston (boldfaceconference [at] gmail [dot] com) for more information. We look forward to seeing you in May!
Frequently Asked Questions about the Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers (or, Boldface Demystified):
Q. Registration ends tonight, but I don’t have a credit card/am waiting on a paycheck. Can I register now and pay later?
A. Yup. Just follow the steps at boldfaceconference.com/register. When you upload your completed registration form, select “Pay by check, local scholarships and staff.” Then add a note to us that you’ll be bringing a check or cash with you the first morning of the conference.
Q. I’m an emerging writer but not a student. Can I come to Boldface?
A. Yes! We define ‘emerging writer’ as anyone who doesn’t have a graduate degree in creative writing or isn’t currently enrolled in a graduate writing program (if you’ve been accepted to an MFA program but haven’t yet started your studies, you’re still eligible to attend the conference, too). Writers in all stages of their lives have attended Boldface in past years. You do need to be a minimum of 18 years of age, however.
Q. When will I know whether I’ve been accepted to the conference?
A. Every emerging writer who applies to Boldface is accepted; there’s not a selection process. Once you submit your application you’ll get a notification that we’ve received it, and will be in touch with you regularly with more details about the conference.
Q. I’d like to come to the conference but don’t have a ‘manuscript’ to submit, so I haven’t registered.
A. You don’t need a formal manuscript to apply. Just send us a sample of your fiction, nonfiction or poetry – it doesn’t need to be perfect or polished. We use these samples to help us place you with a faculty member we think you’d like.
Q. I just finished the school year, and the conference seems like more schoolwork.
A. Boldface is fun. It’s not school; you’re not graded or judged. You just get to write and learn more about writing from other emerging writers and our faculty and visiting writers. It’s more like a writing vacation than school. We promise you’ll enjoy yourself.
Q. What’s a typical day at Boldface like?
A. From Monday through Thursday you’ll have daily workshops in small groups with your faculty member, and have a choice of which readings, masterclasses, craft talks and other events to attend throughout the day. You’ll be served a full breakfast and lunch daily (included in the registration cost). On Tuesday and Wednesday you can come to optional student readings at venues around Houston, and on Thursday you’ll have the chance to visit some of the city’s museums and other cultural venues. On Friday night there’s an after-conference party in the Heights. During the day on Friday, you can attend panels on subjects like applying to grad school, getting your work published, and getting started in a career as a writer.
Q. How much does Boldface cost?
A. $125 for students, and $200 for non-students. If you can’t afford that, we have scholarships available – just send an email to conference administrator Elizabeth Winston at boldfaceconference [at] gmail [dot] com.
Q. I’m from out of town. Do you have housing available?
A. Yes. When you register you can sign up for a dorm room on the UH campus for the week. Linens are provided, and you’ll be staying with other Boldfacers and Glass Mountain staff members. The housing fee is $200 for the week.
Q. I’m still not sure I’m ready to attend a literary conference…
A. Don’t hesitate. If you want to be a writer, Boldface is the place for you.